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“Conservatives are asleep at the wheel” as Quinton families see bills sky-rocket

Rishi Sunak has announced that the cap to keep energy bills affordable will rise by a whopping 54% in April, hitting working people and families across Quinton in their pocket. The Tory’s announcement means that the average family in Quinton will pay up to £693 more on their energy bills this year, and that living standards will fall to their lowest levels since records began over thirty years ago.

In further signs that the Tories are out of touch with working people in Quinton, they have also announced a planned National Insurance and Council Tax rise, breaking a promise made to voters in the 2019 General Election. This comes at the same time that the energy hike will hit working people and families, who are being forced to choose between putting food on the table and heating their home.

Labour have warned the Conservatives for months that they must act to prevent a cost of living crisis in Quinton, but they have been too distracted by party scandals and infighting and now working people and families are paying the price for their incompetence.

Rishi Sunak’s ‘buy now, pay later’ loan to support homes with their energy bills will not come close to meeting the rising costs and families will still pay an additional £493 this year.

Sam Forsyth, one of Labour’s two candidates for local elections in May, said

“More and more families in Quinton have told us that their wages are being squeezed by rising energy and food bills but the Conservatives are asleep at the wheel. They have written off billions of pounds in fraudulent Covid loans and found money to provide Tory donors with Government contracts yet have resorted to raising taxes on working people and providing inadequate support to families in Quinton. They are completely out of touch and we are all paying the price for their incompetence”

Labour have set out a fully costed to help working people and families by saving each household up to £600 a year on their home energy bills. Labour have announced that they would immediately scrap VAT on energy bills and hit North Sea oil and gas producers with a one-off windfall tax to help people pay their bills.

Lauren Rainbow, our second Labour candidate for Quinton added,

“While the Prime Minister and his Conservative Government are too distracted by his own scandal to deal with this cost of living crisis, it's working families that are feeling the crunch. Labour has a fair and fully costed plan to ensure that those who have benefitted from the pandemic pay their fair share and working people are not loaded with the burden of rising energy bills. Our plans include a range of fully-funded measures to keep energy bills low, saving most households £200 off their bills, with targeted extra help to squeezed middle, pensioners and the lowest earners.”

To see how Labour would tackle the cost of living crisis, here

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